David Ford @ Cornbury 2007

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Daniel Fahey | 11 July 2007

Virtual Festivals: How are you finding Cornbury so far?
David Ford: “Well, kind of mixed, I think the show was very enjoyable and the stage was lovely and everything worked and it sounded great and the crew were very accommodating.  We had a few problems when we arrived last night, being herded around somewhat by the stewards, who, although very polite no one seemed to know where anything was or where we were supposed to go.  But apart from that the general festival vibe has been cool partly because my band for this consists of eighteen of my closest friends.  So we just kind of legitimately get eighteen artist passes and we all come over and camp for the weekend, have a great time and play a show.  It makes the whole experience much more enjoyable I think.  You can do festivals as a job, very business like and be very efficient and that can be great but I’d much rather come for a weekend with my friends and still put on a great show and still be efficient and work hard.  But we work hard for the three hours around our show and then we get to just hang out and have fun.”

VF:  You’re staying for the whole weekend then…
DF: “Most of the weekend.”

VF: Is there anyone you’d like to catch?
DF: “Suzanne Vega I definitely want to see because I’ve just finished a tour with her and I didn’t get to see her show all the way through so she’s someone I really want to see.  I like her a lot, she’s very good.  Just whoever really, to be honest I don’t really like coming to festivals to see music; I don’t think it’s a very good environment to see music in.  You can stumble upon things accidentally but always if you go to see people you know you like in advance it always tends to be disappointing because the sound is never that good and I’m a grumpy old bastard.  But it’s good for new finds.”

VF: Is this the only festival you’ll be going to this year then?
DF: “Yeah it is.”

VF: Not even as a punter?
DF: “I don’t like punting.”

VF: How do you think your music went down today?
DF: “I’m really really happy with the way the show it was one of the most enjoyable shows I’ve ever done.  Partly because I look around the stage and it’s all my mates there and they all did their jobs very very well.  I couldn’t hear on stage that well but the vibe was nice and the audience were very receptive and the place filled up and they stuck around.  You can’t really ask anymore.”

VF: How do you think your music adapts to a less intimate setting like a festival?
DF: “I think the music I do always benefits from a level of intimacy with the audience and in smaller venues you can do that much easier.  Festivals you have to grind it down to the lowest common denominator and make music that has no subtly to it.  You have to bang off the subtly and round off the edges and make something that is a bit more blunt in the face of the audience.  All the little intricacies get lost in a tent that big with all the unreliable sound issues that you have.”

VF: What are your plans for the future?
DF:  “A new album out in October.”

VF: How’s it sounding? Is it finished?
DF: “I think it’s finished, there’s a couple of mixes we’re jus um-ing and ah-ing over but it might be finished.”

VF: Do you think its better then your first album?
DF: “It’s different to the first album.”

VF: How does it differ?
DF: “The first record I made without the aid of a safety net or a record label and as such completely liberated to make the kind of record that I wanted to make.  Whereas this record there was a lot more of having to get a job done and I didn’t really enjoy that so much.  I think there’s a good record coming out of it and probably a record with more commercial potential then the first record but I would’ve been happy to make cute little records that nobody bought forever but at some point you have to take care of business.  It’s what you do.  You sell your arse to these people and you have to do what they say.”

VF: Do you feel you lose something when that happens? Is it like selling your soul?
DF: “No because what I want to say is written in my songs and no one ever says anything about the songs that I write.  There is never any compromise or collaboration in song writing, it’s just the presentation of the songs where I have to get certain job done and I wasn’t full prepared for to be honest to you.  But I do understand how it works and I understand why I have to do it and the thing is I can’t complain because I signed the paper and took the money and my arse belongs to somebody else now.  But ultimately it is my record.  I don’t feel like I’ve completely sold my soul, I feel I’ve maybe had to consider some other considerations beyond those which I did for the first record.  That’s not to say I’d never ever want to make a record with the cynical view to sell units to get in the charts.  It’s still not a chart record; it’s not designed to be that. And it’s just not going to be that.  Hopefully it’s a good record and I think it’s a brilliant record and how history judges it is anyone’s guess.”

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